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  • Pauline Weaver was in no hurry to get back on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner — even before federal regulators grounded the plane...."I don't think they are unsafe, but they definitely have 'bugs,'" says Weaver, a frequent flier. "I don't want another vacation ruined or delayed because of them."

    USA Today
  • Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than government or company officials acknowledged less than a week ago.

    AP/SF Chronicle
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    Regulators around the globe on Thursday ordered the grounding ofBoeing 787s until they could determine what caused a new type of battery to fail on two planes in recent days, resulting in an emergency landing Wednesday and a fire last week. The directives in Europe, India and Japan followed an order Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounding planes operated by American carriers.

    New York Times
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    Bicycles, pedestrian-friendly plazas and walkways, new bus lines, and parking meters are combining to transform parts of Mexico City from atraffic nightmare to a commuter's paradise. The Mexican capital, one of the world's most populated urban areas, has captured this year's Sustainable Transport Award, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) announced Tuesday.

    National Geographic
  • There is one inescapable reason that a regional mass transit system will not succeed in the Indianapolis area. "Put simply, mass transit needs mass -- i.e. density." And we don't have it. The quotation comes from two experts in urban transit: Erick Guerra and Robert Cervero of the University of California at Berkeley. They studied 59 bus rapid transit, light rail and heavy rail systems in 19 metropolitan areas. Their lesson is: For mass transit to be cost effective, job density and residential density must be high along the way.

    IndyStar.com
  • The plan, which envisions 34 miles of new bike lanes on San Francisco streets, was initially approved in 2005 but quickly drew a lawsuit from local resident Rob Anderson. He argued that the initiative required an environmental impact report, an argument upheld by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch, who ordered a temporary injunction against any bike-related improvements until a study was completed.

    SF Examiner
  •  Five major firms will submit their final bids to build the first 29 miles of train track in the Central Valley this Friday. The bids represent the actual cost for the first leg of the high-speed rail line and will be delivered in sealed envelopes and placed in fireproof cabinets.

    Mercury News
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    The state's Public Works Board on Monday cleared the way for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to begin negotiating for property in Fresno and Madera counties needed for high-speed train tracks. In a meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes, the board -- which includes the directors of the state's Finance, General Services and Transportation departments -- voted 3-0 to approve the formal selection of 356 separate parcels by the rail authority.

    Fresno Bee
  • ...Carsharing doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and place matters – greatly.  Whichever ways shared-mobility evolves in the next few years, it will continue to depend on privileged access to public street space in very specific places and under very particular terms.  Shared-mobility hinges on public sector buy-in; the industry knows this & acts accordingly.  It can’t reach its market without planners helping –and letting – them.  In 2013 planners will need to take off the kid gloves, now that in many cases we’re dealing with serious businesses (and ones that can look after themselves, thank you very much).  In Zipcar, Avis is buying a sort of public trust, and planners will be responsible for seeing that they are a good steward.

    Planetizen
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     The pilot of the oil tanker that hit the Bay Bridge last week apparently decided at the last minute to change course and head between a different set of bridge towers, a tricky maneuver that may have played a role in the accident, experts said. The course change put him more at the mercy of a current that cuts beneath the bridge, and with a thick fog that suddenly swept in as he approached the towers, pilot Guy Kleess would have had less margin for error as he steered the Overseas Reymar the morning of Jan. 7, according to the experts.

    SF Chronicle